Amid omicron surge, NYC schools prepare to reopen after winter break
New York City teachers and students prepared to return from winter break Monday to schools with ramped up testing and other measures designed to contain the spread of the surging omicron variant.
The reopening of the country’s largest school district was greeted with apprehension among some parents and teachers unnerved by a surge in cases across the state.
The return to school could be complicated. Staffing shortages might pose problems as educators test positive or stay home caring for relatives with COVID. Dropping temperatures and the season’s first snowstorm could force lunch time indoors and classroom windows to close, raising even more concerns about ventilation and transmission.
The city’s new mayor, Eric Adams, sought to assuage the fears of parents during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “I say to them, fear not sending them back,” said Adams, who was sworn in on Jan. 1. “The number of transmissions is low. Your children are in a safe space to learn and continue to thrive.”
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